The Twelfth Management Seminar for the Heads of National Statistical Offices in Asia and the Pacific was held on 2 & 3 December 2015 at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, which was organized by the Statistical Institute for Asia and Pacific (SIAP) and Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of the Government of Japan.
The annual Management Seminar series aims to strengthen the leadership and management capabilities of the heads of national statistical offices (NSOs) by providing a forum to discuss, to exchange views and to share experiences among heads of NSOs. The theme of this year’s Seminar is “Managing Key Stakeholder Relationships”.
About 60 Heads of NSO, senior statisticians/managers from member States and international organizations participated in the seminar that reviewed and identified good practices on engagement strategies and mechanisms with key official statistics stakeholders. The seminar featured a debate on whether using new data sources, such as big data, for producing statistics would be of equal value as official statistics.